Staff Attorney - Detention Programs, Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center


PIRC’s Detention Programs provide education and direct legal representation to
vulnerable immigrants, detained by the Department of Homeland Security in
Pennsylvania immigration detention facilities. PIRC provides Legal Orientation
Program (LOP) services at the York County Prison in York and at the Berks County
Residential Center in Leesport, Pennsylvania. PIRC also provides direct
representation and pro se legal assistance to detained immigrants facing removal
from the United States including the most vulnerable immigrants who are survivors
of torture or other trauma, living with a mental illness, or illiterate. The PIRC
Detention Programs team provides services to immigrants from countries and
cultures across the world, defending them in immigration removal proceedings.

PIRC is looking for a dynamic and energetic attorney who would like to join the Detention Programs team. PIRC is on the front line of legal advocacy for vulnerable immigrants in the midst of a continually changing legal landscape. If you want to hone your legal skills and make a difference in the lives of hundreds of detained immigrants, become a part of PIRC’s team.


  • Provide direct services under PIRC’s Legal Orientation Program (LOP), including on-site group legal orientations, individual consultations, self-help workshops, and pro bono attorney referral services in two detention facilities; provide pro se assistance, as possible, to detained vulnerable immigrants in removal proceedings
  • Provide trial and appellate representation to detained clients facing removal under PIRC’s Vulnerable Persons in Detention program including asylum-seekers, lawful permanent residents, and members of the community without status
  • Represent individuals deemed incompetent to represent themselves before the immigration court under the National Qualified Representative Program (NQRP), an extension of representation rights under the 2011 Franco-Gonzalez class-action decision
  • Assist with identifying cases for referral to pro bono attorneys and law clinics
  • Assist with special projects, such as PIRC’s pro bono Bond Project, as assigned
  • Work closely with the Managing Attorney and Executive Director to ensure compliance with contract and grant requirements for PIRC’s programs.
  • Provide assistance at legal clinics within the community, occasionally, as needed


  • Other tasks, as assigned
  • Law degree and license to practice law before the bar of any state in the U.S., required.
  • Fundamental knowledge of immigration law and immigration court procedures and practice, preferred.
  • 1+ years of immigration practice in removal defense preferred
  • Experience working with detained immigrants, preferred
  • Strong written and oral advocacy skills, required
  • Teaching experience and/or group presentation experience, highly desirable.
    Fluency in Spanish, required
  • Well-organized and able to work well independently and collaboratively under pressure, required
  • Demonstrated commitment to immigration issues and public interest law, preferred.

Salary range is between $49,000 and $57,000. Relocation Assistance is available through PIRC for those willing to relocate to help us advance our mission.

How to Apply:
To apply, send a cover letter, résumé, three references and a related writing sample to Jessica Snyder, Office Manager, at or to PIRC, Attn: Office Manager, P.O. Box 20339, York, PA 17402.